Sunday, May 20, 2007

Happy Birthday Michael!!

Michael turns 7 today!!

I will post photos of his birthday party at (ugh) Chuck-e-Cheese later this evening. What he doesn't know is that he has a new bicycle hidden in the shed in the backyard for his birthday. He learned how to ride without training wheels quite easily a few weeks ago (we should have taken them off long ago, but we hadn't). When we looked at his bicycle yesterday, we realized it was a 16" bicycle and he needs at least at 20" bicycle. I think he'll be pretty excited when he sees it.

Samantha also picked out a present for him - a baseball hitting machine for him to practice hitting. She mentioned that was what she wanted to get him, so we made sure!!

7 years ago, it was raining on Saturday morning at 6am when I called the doctor in labor. We spent most of the day in the L&D room at Fair Oaks Hospital and at 5:21pm, Michael was born. That is probably about the time we will be singing Happy Birthday to him at Chuck-e-Cheese!!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Home Run!!

Yep, you read the title right. Michael had a home run today in his baseball game!! An in-the-park home run.

It was the bottom of the 6th inning. In his league, the rules for the 6th inning are you bat until there are 3 outs or you bat around once. Michael's team was up in the bottom of the 6th and he had been the LAST one to bat in the 5th, so we doubted that we would get around to him again.

But, we did. So, Michael comes up with at least 2 runners on base. His coach pitches the ball to him and crack, he takes a big swing at it. The ball flies in the air over the head of the 2nd baseman and the outfielders (who play about 10 feet behind the infielders). So, they start running after the ball and Michael starts rounding the bases. He rounds 2nd and then 3rd, as the ball starts coming in from the outfield. The other team DOES get the ball back towards home plate but Michael crossed the plate before the ball got there - HOME RUN!!!

He was quite pleased with himself!! And we were quite proud!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers reading!

I had a good Mother's Day. I was served breakfast in bed with cards from everyone. I loved the Disney themed cards from the kids and Mike has given me a "night away at a spa from the Anderby asylum for the insane!"

Then, I got a GREAT gift. Everyone in the family (including me) spent the day cleaning the main floor. This is deep cleaning. Yeah, the putting away the clutter was done, but then sweeping, and wiping down the fingerprints and windexing the glass and mopping the floor. Its so nice and clean right now. Wonder how long that will last?

Many will say that it was my day to relax - but cleaning is actually relaxing for me. What is stressful to me is when I don't have enough time to clean. So, this was great!!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Spring Fever

I don't envy public school teachers right now! I only have 2 kids (and one adult!) that have Spring Fever. They have a classroom full! It has finally gotten warm here and the motivation to get any work done is just going out the window.

I do have some things I'd like to finish up before the middle of June - which is a LONG SIX WEEKS away. I can remember growing up when the end of the year felt so far away. It does for me right now. But the "box checker" type-A personality in me won't let us just NOT finish what we are scheduled to do this year. Besides, I still have to do testing yet and send that in to the county. That has to be submitted by August 1st but I'm not one to put that off to the last minute. I have the test scheduled for the first week in June knowing that it takes about 2 weeks for the results to be returned. I scheduled it that late in case we have trouble completing ANYTHING after that - because we will be close enough that I might feel ok "declaring victory" and being done with our year!

But, for today, we are enjoying the sunny, warm weather outside!